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Tasos Livaditis. Poems: Volume II Paperback – May 10, 2022
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Long Listed for the 2023 Griffin Poetry Awards
Herbert Read, the English literary critic, poet, and anarchist (1893-1968), said the modernist poet “has no essential alliance with regular schemes of any sort. He/she reserves the right to adapt rhythm to mood, to modulate meter as the poem progresses.” Andy Warhol, some might say, reduced that equation to its lowest common denominator: art is whatever you can get away with.
The poetry of Livaditis fits Read’s open description. His poems can be lyrical, significant, and opaque; most are spare and refreshingly free of obscure literary references. He can be impressionistic, surreal, confessional, maudlin, challenging, and very funny. Some of his poems ramble, freeform, spilling on to several pages; others, pithy, consist of a single sentence or two, what these days is sometimes referred to as napkin poetry or tombstone verses. “Don’t fall asleep, it’s dangerous,” says one. “Don’t wake up, you’ll regret it.” The poems read as hallucinations, dreams, drunken epiphanies. “I met Christopher Columbus one night when I was walking, drunk, the roads of old Europe.” Or as delusions, ravings, Ginsbergian howls.
Truly strange: people talk about everything foreign and
distant to them
though in their silence, during the night, they experience
all other burning things which keep them awake
and which they take to their grave; for this reason
the dead are silent since they live their true life
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- Publisher : Libros Libertad Publishing (May 10, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1926763564
- ISBN-13 : 978-1926763569
- Item Weight : 1.99 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.23 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,698,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #11,446 in European Poetry (Books)
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